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Childish Things - Multimedia Sculpture
This series deals with the difficulty of being an adult when you have none of the traditional markers of adulthood (marriage, children, homeownership, etc.). I began by considering children’s dolls. I’m interested in the performative nature of these toys – the way children will use them to act out possible future roles. A child bottle-feeding a baby doll, for example, plays at being a parent and nurturer. I wanted to explore what types of objects could represent or allow enactment of my experiences of early adulthood. What types of dolls could prepare me to continue this path? I intended the pieces to include a sense of play and discovery but also elements of frustration and vulnerability. The head found in all of these sculptures is a cast of my mother: the quintessential adult.
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